Tuesday Link Round Up: May 29, 2018

News and music to start your week after a meaningful Memorial Day: Happy 90th birthday to Thea Musgrave!  We did a round up of stories about the Scottish American composer’s life – but don’t miss the conversation Musgrave had with NPR. Thrilled to hear that Roderick Cox has been named the 2018 recipient of the Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award, given to outstanding young U.S. conductors to guide their careers.  Cox is currently the associate conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra.  Read more at the Star Tribune. The 66th annual BMI Student Composers Awards have been announced!  The nine recipients (aged 18-26)…

Upcoming Performances

The fantastic performances keep coming with another round of concerts supported in part by WPA Performance Grants! On Saturday, April 9, the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra of Houston will present the world premiere of a new Trombone Concerto by Dorothy Gates (herself also a trombonist) .  The work was commissioned by the ROCO.  Find out more information about the concert here.    TODAY (Apr. 9) you can Listen Live! ROCO  offers their concert today STREAMING  here  –4:20 Central time for composer talk, 5 pm for the concert!    On both Saturday and Sunday, the Allentown Symphony Orchestra, in Allentown, Pennsylvania, will be…

Contemporary Symphonies

The current issue of The New Yorker includes a column by Alex Ross in which he explores the ways in which the symphony has transformed in new music.   As one would expect, it covered the most familiar names with only a few surprises (including Gloria Coates who, to date, has written 15 symphonies). Ross saved his more complete list for his blog since, as Ross noted, the column wasn’t intended to be a bibliography.  The more extended list includes some great reminders of women who have composed in the genre including: Florence Price Ellen Taaffe Zwilich Grace Williams Sofia Gubaidulina What great…

Happy Birthday, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich!

Today is the birthday of internationally acclaimed American composer, and the first woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for music, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich. Liane Curtis and I had the pleasure of meeting Ellen at the 2014 Society for American Music Conference where her tremendous work in composition and education was honored and she was inducted as an honorary member.  (Read more here.) Ellen is on faculty at Florida State University and her works are recorded on the Naxos label.  Have a listen to the New England Conservatory Wind Ensemble performing Ceremonies: